Lee Pham is Director of Global Intellectual Property Strategy at American Express, responsible for leveraging patent assets to drive growth, avoid disruptive litigation and maximize returns on the company’s investments in innovation. Lee's role at American Express involves oversight of IP investments, strategic patent transactions and corporate integration of IP.
The Global Intellectual Property Strategy Group is a part of the Corporate Development and M&A organization at American Express. In his role, Lee secures sponsorship and financing for IP-based initiatives by championing intellectual property among senior leaders of technology-intensive lines of business and at the C-Level. By aligning with these key stakeholders, Lee collaboratively identifies disruptive capabilities, strategically monetizes IP assets, manages defensive IP investments and ensures freedom of operation for the company.
Lee is a graduate of the Cardozo School of Law in New York City. While pursuing a J.D. with a concentration in intellectual property, Lee worked as a legal intern at American Express. Lee was also an International Legal Practice Intern at a Vietnamese law firm, sponsored by the Center for International Legal Studies and supported by Cardozo's International Corporate & Intellectual Property Fellowship. During the same period, he participated in two overseas seminars: Introduction to Law in India and Comparative Corporate Governance at Oxford University. Lee's J.D. thesis addressed the intersection of patent policy and access to medicine in developing countries. Lee also holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University and a Certificate in Financial Analysis from New York University.
Lee was a 2012-2014 Young Lawyer Fellow in the New York State Bar Association's IP Law Section, where he developed a social media strategy for the section. Additionally, he served on delegations to Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan and Singapore with the Far East Practice Committee of the American IP Law Association. At American Express, Lee champions the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative within the Global Finance organization. His civic and community engagements have included voter protection, fundraising on behalf of charities in running events and volunteering with the Patent Pro Bono Program offered by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Lee is also a brother of Kappa Alpha Psi.
Lee tweets about invention, investment, intellectual property business and other interests at @InventiveLee.